Atlantic Canada and East Coast U.S. – From Small-Town Charm to Big-City Bustle (Southbound)
- Sail the entire U.S. east coast from Canada all the way down to Miami
- Visit small towns in Nova Scotia and Maine, as well as cities like Boston and New York
- Enjoy iconic highlights, including sailing into New York Harbor past the Statue of Liberty
- Experience the east coast in early autumn, one of its most beautiful seasons
Your journey begins in Halifax, where you can tour red-brick heritage buildings, parks, the landmark Citadel Hill National Historic Site, top-quality museums, Alexander Keith’s original 1820 brewery, and a 2-mile seafront boardwalk. We definitely recommend spending an extra day or two here on a Pre-program before embarking on MS Fram.
Welcome to this historic town at the intersection of traditional Anglo-Scottish and Acadian French cultures. Situated in the world's largest lobster fishing grounds, Yarmouth boasts the largest fishing fleet in Atlantic Canada. View the grand sea captain homes built in the 1850´s or enjoy the picturesque views and hiking trails at the Cape Forchu Lighthouse.
IncludedYarmouth Walking TourEnjoy a leisurely exploration of this historic town on your own time to enjoy the day as you please.
Yarmouth - Tusket IslandWhat’s better than a day at sea en route to one of the quaintest inhabited islands in southern Nova Scotia?
Yarmouth - Traditions of AcadiaJoin us on a half-day adventure that takes you to the seaside town of Pubnico, where you will experience L’Acadie, the historic Acadian village in Nova Scotia.
Stroll the downtown Historic District here and enjoy the shops, restaurants, and cafés. The native Passamaquoddy people have called nearby Moose Island home for at least 10,000 years, in an area which also attracts seals, eagles, and whales. We may see Old Sow in Passamaquoddy Bay, believed to be the biggest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere.
Surrounded by stunning Acadia National Park and perched by the sea on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor has a special ambiance that is classic Maine. You’ll find some of the region’s best seafood restaurants here, and whales, seals, and puffins can be spotted along the coast.
IncludedBar Harbor - Gilded Age Walking tourOn this exciting walking tour, you'll travel back to the 19th century, when Bar Harbor was the world's most exclusive resort.
Bar Harbor - Lulu Lobster Boat RideStep aboard an authentic lobster boat and ply the calm waters of Frenchman Bay to experience Maine’s timeless tradition of commercial lobstering first-hand.
Acadia National ParkPass through the quaint town of Bar Harbor on your way to Acadia National Park and enjoy the views along Park Loop Road.
Like many small towns in Maine, this community on Penobscot Bay grew out of the lobster-fishing industry, but is now known for its boutiques, fine dining, and galleries. Art lovers can spend time at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the world-famous Farnsworth Art Museum enjoying works by Andrew Wyeth and other fine New England painters.
IncludedRockland - Breakwater lighthouse with nature walkShuttle to Breakwater - Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light is a historic lighthouse complex at the end of the Rockland Breakwater in the harbor of Rockland, Maine.
Rockland – Birdwatching in the WetlandsThe perfect tour for birders, we explore three different habitats in the Rockland area in search of birdlife.
Rockland - Camden Historical Walking Tour and Lobster BoatEnjoy a historical walking tour of fascinating Camden followed by a harbour cruise in a traditional lobster fishing boat.
Camden Hills State Park – Hike Bald Rock MountainEnjoy this moderately challenging hike in Camden Hills State Park, Maine, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area and connect with nature on the north-east coast of North America.
Rockland Harbor Kayak TourThis is an excellent tour for beginners to get a feel for what sea kayaking is all about.
Home to Harvard University and legendary sports teams such as the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics, the city of Boston retains its traditions as a treasure trove of history and culture. Visitors can walk the famed Freedom Trail, which is an outdoor museum that traces the revolutionary roots of the oldest city in America.
IncludedBoston - The Freedom Trail Walking TourTravel back in time to Revolutionary Boston with a walk along the historic Freedom Trail
Boston - A Look into Harvard University Grounds with a Harvard StudentOn this very exclusive Harvard campus tour, your Harvard student will provide an inside look at college life in Cambridge during this walking tour of the University.
Boston - Fenway Park Tour and Batting Cage ExperienceYou are about to enter the home of the 2018 Boston Red Sox World Series Champions.
Boston City TourLeave the pier and passing by Boston’s busy waterfront you will arrive at Long Wharf to embark on a 45-minute harbor cruise.
Boston - Whale Watching in Stellwagen Bank Marine SanctuarySet sail for a whale watching experience of a lifetime.
From cliff-top Bellevue Avenue and along Ocean Drive, Newport’s rocky and sandy shores are lined by opulent residences, modeled after Italian and French palaces and filled with antiques. Many of these extravagant properties are classed as National Historic Landmarks and open for tours. You can also explore nearby Fort Adams – America’s largest coastal fortification.
IncludedNewport - Cliff WalkExperience New England’s rocky shore and crashing surf on one side and Newport’s most extravagant mansions on the other
Newport – City Drive and the BreakersEnjoy a city tour of Newport and visit The Breakers, the iconic and grand Vanderbilt family summer home.
Newport – Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbour CruiseEnjoy a scenic Newport harbour cruise to nearby Rose Island. Explore the fully restored lighthouse and see remains of 200-year old Fort Hamilton - now an important wildlife sanctuary.
Newport – Newport Scenic & Fort AdamsEnjoy a scenic tour of Newport, visiting many historical sites including a stop at Fort Adams.
Passing the Statue of Liberty, we sail into Manhattan. Marvel at the metropolitan skyline, be wowed by Central Park and Times Square, or gaze over the city from atop the Empire State Building. The list of things to see and do here is endless. Explore the city on your own or on one of our optional excursions.
IncludedNew York - Manhattan ShuttleThis transfer will run continuously back and forth from the ship to Times Square.
Live like a New YorkerYour Tour Guide will meet you at the Pier and escort you on foot to the closest Subway station in Midtown Manhattan. While using the NY subway may seem confusing to first-timers, it's actually quite simple once you get the hang of it.
New York - Icons of the Big AppleVisit and see New York's top attractions in this full day excursion.
Amazing Heli Experience over NYThe most exciting way to see New York from above! Join us for this 16 minute flight, we can guarantee that the memories will last a lifetime!
During these days at sea, the Expedition Team will continue their lecture program, covering a wide range of topics. The onboard photographer will also run small workshops teaching you the basics of expedition photography. Or, you can use the time just to relax and chat with your fellow explorers.
Charleston is considered one of America’s greatest historic treasures. With cobblestone streets, an elegant French Quarter, the magnificent Battery promenade, and Waterfront Park, the city is an ideal size to explore on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Explore the historic sites at your leisure or join one of our optional excursions.
IncludedCharleston - Beach CleanupJoin the effort to rid the oceans of plastic on our beach clean-ups.
Boone Plantation & Historic CharlestonJourney to historic Boone Hall Plantation, used in the filming of the television miniseries, "North And South" and "Queen" and for background filming in "Gone With the Wind".
Charleston – Delightful Upper King Street Culinary TourThis excursion provides insight into Charleston's historic Upper King Street neighbourhood, recently named one of the top 10 food neighbourhoods in America.
Charleston – Fossil HuntingLook for and find fossils while exploring Morris Island in search of the prehistoric past.
Charleston – Historic Walking TourExperience the history of Charleston during this two-hour walking tour that takes you deep into the heart of Charleston.
Join the lectures presented by the Expedition Team or spend time on deck or in the panorama lounge with fellow travelers. Enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs.
Our voyage ends in Miami, which boasts colorful neighborhoods from South Beach to Little Havana. The architecture here features some of the finest Art Deco buildings in the world. There are also great tropical gardens to explore, a lively arts scene, and exceptional cuisine to sample. Why not spend a few extra days here with our optional Post-program before heading home?
Included in Your Expedition
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
- À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
- Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- Escorted landings with small explorer boats
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
- No gratuities expected
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Passenger capacity||318 (200 in Antarctica)|
|Length||114 m / 374 ft|
|Beam||20.2 m / 66 ft|
The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.
Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.
Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.
Yarmouth - Yarmouth Walking Tour
Yarmouth - Tusket Island
Yarmouth - Traditions of Acadia
Bar Harbor - Gilded Age Walking tour
Bar Harbor - Lulu Lobster Boat Ride 21/22
Bar Harbor - Acadia National Park
Rockland - Breakwater lighthouse with nature walk
Rockland – Birdwatching in the Wetlands
Rockland - Camden Historical Walking Tour and Lobster Boat
Rockland – Camden Hills State Park
Rockland Harbor Kayak Tour
Boston - The Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Boston - A Look into Harvard University Grounds with a Harvard Student
Boston - Fenway Park Tour and Batting Cage Experience
Boston City Tour
Boston - Whale Watching in Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary
Newport - Cliff Walk
Newport – City Drive and the Breakers
Newport – Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbour Cruise
Newport – Newport Scenic & Fort Adams
New York - Manhattan Shuttle
New York - Live like a New Yorker
New York - Icons of the Big Apple
New York - Amazing Heli Experience over NY
Charleston - Beach Cleanup
Charleston - Boone Plantation & Historic Charleston
Charleston – Delightful Upper King Street Culinary Tour
Charleston – Fossil Hunting
Charleston – Historic Walking Tour
Extend Your Cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.